The Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Monday revealed that while filing a chargesheet in the Arun Tikku case,it will not use the confessional statement given by arrested accused Dhananjay Shinde. The confessional statement would weaken the case against the other accused,sources said.
We will definitely not be using the confessional statement given by Shinde,since he has tried to absolve all the other accused of any guilt by placing the entire blame on himself. The confession would weaken the case against Vijay Palande and Manoj Gajkosh, said a senior Crime Branch officer.
Sources said Shinde had given a confessional statement before a magistrate stating that he had killed Tikku under the influence of alcohol after a heated argument between the two. Shinde allegedly stated that the murder was not pre-meditated and that he had stabbed Tikku out of sudden provocation,which is contrary to the Crime Branchs case.
Shinde claimed that the argument with Tikku was about vacating Anujs apartment,where the former had been staying along with Gajkosh for some time.
While admitting that Gajkosh was also present at the crime scene,Shinde also claimed that the former tried to stop him rather than aid him in the murder,sources said. Officers said Shindes statement was merely a ploy to shield the other accused and get a lighter punishment by portraying the murder as a spur-of-the-moment action.
Police said Shinde and Gajkosh were sent by Palande to Anujs apartment in Oshiwara,with the intention of killing Tikku. Shinde stabbed Tikku while Gajkosh helped in restraining the victim, police said.